Tomorrow, South Africa commemorates Youth Day. But 16 June also marks eight years since Israel’s tightening of blockades on Gaza. Crippling land, sea and air blockades have been in place since 2007 on the Gaza Strip, affecting more than 1.8 million indigenous Palestinian inhabitants.
The scale of the economic impact of the Israeli siege on Gaza is demonstrated in the infographic above, produced by the NGO Visualising Palestine.
While Palestinians in Gaza face a 45% unemployment rate, Israeli companies profit from a monopoly on the supply of goods to Gaza, from which they made $375-million in 2012 alone.